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Automotive Technician

This program provides a seamless pathway for students to obtain an Automotive Technician certificate with an optional Associate in Applied Science degree while receiving 100% paid tuition and employment at both UPS and a local automotive dealership.


Program Overview

This program provides a seamless pathway for students to obtain an Automotive Technician certificate with an optional Associate in Applied Science degree while receiving 100% paid tuition and employment at both UPS and a local automotive dealership. Students will work the day shift at UPS and attend JCTC automotive courses two-days a week. Students will also receive hands on training and additional income by working at a partner dealership one day a week for a minimum of five hours. After graduation, students have the opportunity to work for the dealership full-time as an Automotive Technician with an earning potential of $40,000-$100,000. Students will have the opportunity to continue their education to increase certification levels while working full-time as an automotive technician. To learn more about the career of an automotive technician, watch this video.

Example Schedule:

  • SUNDAY: Work at UPS 10am-4pm
  • MONDAY: Work at UPS 10am-4pm and Attend class 5pm-9pm
  • TUESDAY: Work at UPS 10am-4pm
  • WEDNESDAY: Work at UPS 10am-4pm and Attend class 5pm-9pm
  • THURSDAY: Work at UPS 10am-4pm
  • FRIDAY: Optional Work at dealership
  • SATURDAY: Work at Dealership a minimum of 5 hours

(NOTE: Students may complete on-line coursework throughout the week to obtain the Associate in Applied Science degree. This program is for MC students who are interested in starting the Automotive Technician program.)


Course Offerings

This is a two and half year program at Jefferson Community and Technical College and includes fall, spring and summer enrollment.

  • YEAR 1
    • Fall Semester 1st 8 weeks: Basic Automotive Electricity & Basic Automotive Electricity Lab (5 credits)
    • Fall Semester 2nd 8 weeks: Brakes Systems and Lab (5 credits)
    • Spring Semester 1st 8 weeks: Suspension and Steering and Lab (5 credits)
    • Spring Semester 2nd 8 weeks: Electrical Systems and Electrical Systems Lab (5 credits)
    • Summer Semester 16 weeks: Engine Repair and Lab (5 credits)
    • Optional 6 credit hours of on-line General Education requirements
  • YEAR 2
    • Fall Semester 1st 8 weeks: Basic Fuel and Ignition Systems and Lab (5 credits)
    • Fall Semester 2nd 8 weeks: Emissions Systems and Lab (5 credits)
    • Spring Semester 1st 8 weeks: Climate Control and Lab (5 credits)
    • Spring Semester 2nd 8 weeks: Computer Control Systems and Diagnosis (5 credits)
    • Summer Semester 16 weeks: Automatic Transmission/Transaxle (5 credits)
    • Optional 6 credit hours of on-line General Education requirements
  • YEAR 3
    • Fall Semester 1st 16 weeks: Manual Transitions and Lab (5 credits)
    • Optional 3 credit hours of on-line General Education requirements

Program Benefits

Metropolitan College Benefits

  • 100% JCTC Tuition deferred
  • UP to $65 per course for books and software
  • Starting pay rate is $14.00 per hour. Employees, along with their spouses and dependents, receive health, dental, vision, prescription, and life insurance coverage after 9 months of employment. Employees also receive paid vacation and holidays after 1 year of employment.
  • Semester Bonuses of up to $500 (after taxes) with successful completion of 6 or more credit hours with a grade C or better.
  • Graduation Bonus of $400 (after taxes) upon completion of associate degree.
  • Customize career coaching assistance to assist with interviewing skills and clarification of career goals.

Automotive Dealership Benefits

  • Starting pay rate $12-$15 an hour
  • Minimum of 5 hours of work a week. Students can request additional hours from dealership.
  • Access to free online manufacture specific training and certifications.
  • Tools provided. Tool Purchasing programs available as you progress in the program.
  • Upon completion of program, student will be level 1 certified and have the opportunity to continue to training to be level 3 certified with an earning potential of $100,000.
  • Dealerships will work with program participants to arrange for time off occasionally on the weekends to participants can spend time with family.

Kentucky LOOP Benefits

  • Automotive MC students can be LOOP participants OR Non-LOOP participants.
  • Housing Program is open to all Kentucky residents who have confirmed and validated residency in a Kentucky county other than Jefferson, Bullitt, Oldham, Spencer, and Shelby counties.
  • Housing stipend for 36 months for Kentucky LOOP students who:
    • Work on Next Day Air (night) or Second Day Air (day) Operation
    • Enroll and attend Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC)
    • UPS will pay $325 per month to Kentucky LOOP students.
    • LOOP students choose where to live and a lease is not required to receive housing stipend.
    • Student is responsible for housing expenses that are in excess of $325/month



Enrollment Process

Complete Now:

  • Learn about the Automotive Technician Career Pathway by watching this career video.
  • Let us know that you are interested in interviewing at UPS AND the dealership by completing this form.
  • Apply to Jefferson Community and Technical College: jefferson.kctcs.edu/admissions
  • File the FAFSA at fafsa.gov with JCTC's school code: 006961

We will follow-up with you to:

  • Set up a UPS interview.
  • Set up interviews with the automotive dealerships.

Once you accept employment at UPS and your dealership, you will...

  • Sign a LOOP agreement (if applicable)
  • Participate in JCTC SOAR orientation during one of the designated sessions for auto program participants (information TBA).
  • Sign an Metro College agreement to receive tuition benefits (information TBA).

Then you are ready to...

  • Begin employment at UPS.
  • Start classes at JCTC with your program cohort August 2020.
  • Begin work at the dealership August 2020.